Nothing Left in Britain: Scotland’s Bonfire of the Sects

A Thousand Flowers

jm01702The first in a two part series on the British Left and its relationship with Scotland

For the first time in a long time, the Con-Dem government has delivered us a government which none of us really voted for.  The unruly alliance currently running the country is a timely reminder of just how broken British democracy is.  For the past 50 or so years, the left in Scotland has slowly been developing an alternative analysis of what kind of country we want.  One of the things we’ve come up with is the establishment some sort of correlation between what we vote for and what we get – something the ancient Greeks called democracy.  This idea is not universally accepted in Scotland yet but it’s gaining currency especially amongst the what you might call “the political left.”

The idea that democracy might be quite nice often seems to have even less…

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